|Opleiding:||Dutch law, Leiden University, Psychology, Leiden University|
Yildiz Bérénos studied Civil and Criminal Law at Leiden University. During her studies she focused mainly on Family and Juvenile Law and Criminal Law. As part of an exchange programme she read law in 2001 at the University of Florida (USA), where she has widened her knowledge in American Family and Criminal Law. She gained practical experience in Criminal Justice when she ran an internship at Spong Lawyers in Amsterdam in 2001.
After graduating in 2003, she worked at Labour law until November 2007. From 1 November 2007, she has focused at Groenendijk & Kloppenburg Lawyers mainly on Family law. Besides divorces she engages in questions on visiting rights and alimony and supervision orders / relocation. Problems relating to parental authority she also sees much of in her practice. This concerns, for example, cases involving disputes about moving house of a parent with his or her child. She is also experienced in international child abduction cases, a subject related to moving house issues. She also deals with questions in which the court appoints her as special guardian or neutral person.
Furthermore she engages in (Juvenile) Criminal Law. She assists adults if there is a suspicion of committing an economic offense or a traffic offense. She has successfully assisted minors suspected of various offenses such as crimes of violence, indecency and property crimes.
Yildiz Bérénos has completed a study of psychology. This has an added value in her daily practice as a lawyer, for example, in assessing psychological / psychiatric reports drawn up in family cases and criminal cases.
Apart from her work as a lawyer, she has been appointed at the Molengraaff Institute for Civil Law at the University of Utrecht. There she is working on a thesis on the topic "Child Relocation". It includes research into what factors determine whether a parent, after ending a relationship, is allowed to move house with his or her child(ren) and what factors result in such a request being rejected. The research carried out by Yildiz Bérénos compares different laws: it compares the law in the Netherlands and Australia. The psychological impact moving house may have on children's health, is also involved in the research.
Yildiz Bérénos is a candidate member of the Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS). She is also a member of the The Hague Association of Juvenile Lawyers and the Association for Family and Juvenile Law. In addition to this she is a researcher at the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family law (UCERF).
- Time to Move On? The State of International Affairs with Respect to Child Relocation Law. Utrecht Law Review, 2012, pp. 1-27.